WINNIPEG – The Winnipeg Jets, along with the National Hockey League Players’ Association (NHLPA) and the National Hockey League (NHL®), have announced the launch of a new hockey-themed educational course as part of the NHL & NHLPA Future Goals™ Program. Since its launch in September 2014, the Future Goals™ program has reached over 375,000 students across the United States and Canada in 3,500 schools and yielded over 1.5 million hours of STEM learning opportunities.
The Hockey Scholar™ course takes students on an exciting educational journey with a goal of winning the Stanley Cup. As they guide their team, students complete twelve learning modules that educate them and test their knowledge on core STEM concepts covering data analysis, geometry, life science and physical science topics. These topics come to life through real hockey examples that include the dynamics of the ice surface, equipment design, athletic performance, and geometric and energy considerations to how the game is played.
Hockey Scholar™ maps to provincial math and science standards and is freely available to elementary and middle schools across North America. The course was developed by Washington, D.C.-based EverFi, the critical skills education leader that has certified more than 12 million learners.
“The Hockey Scholar course is another tool teachers can use to motivate students across the Province,” said Dwayne Green, Executive Director of the Winnipeg Jets True North Foundation, “To have the NHL and NHLPA create a relevant curricular support document with the focus on STEM learning will allow students to see the immediate connection between classroom learning and real life application. We are very proud to be a part of this initiative and hope all teachers across the Province will utilize this free resource to them. Having Blake Wheeler, a former college hockey player, as our Winnipeg Jets spokesman displays the importance we put on the Hockey Scholar course and its potential.”
The Future Goals™ program is planning significant expansion this academic year and is on target to reach well over 1 million students within three years.
“The level of engagement in this program from the league, the players, and their clubs is unprecedented in the sports world,” said EverFi Co-Founder and Chief Strategy Officer Jon Chapman. “What’s most important is how this partnership is making a difference for thousands of students and teachers across North America.”
To celebrate the launch of the new Hockey Scholar course, Winnipeg Jets Forward Blake Wheeler and Winnipeg Jets in-game host and co-host of QX104FM morning show Brody Jackson will visit students at Dufferin School who are actively using the program.
More information on Future Goals™ can be found at futuregoals.nhl.com.